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COVID-19 updates 05/15/2020

May 15, 2020

As the situation with the coronavirus continues to evolve, we remain committed to sharing information and updates to help you stay healthy and safe while we work towards a continuity of student learning and university operations. 

Dear Colleagues,

As the situation with the coronavirus continues to evolve, we remain committed to sharing information and updates to help you stay healthy and safe while we work towards a continuity of student learning and university operations. 

This week’s communication includes:

Virtual Town Hall:  Over 500 faculty and staff participated in our virtual Town Hall webinar this week. University leadership shared information regarding Fall 2020 teaching scenarios, campus health and safety procedures, student recruitment efforts and fiscal year 2021 budget forecasts and risks.  Thank you for your thoughtful questions before and during the Town Hall.  If you were unable to participate in the webinar, you can find a recording on the COVID-19 website, along with answers to all of the questions received. 

The Return of Research:  While the governor’s executive order continues to keep research in a holding pattern, we do know once we are able to resume research activities it will be done in a thoughtful, deliberate and phased approach.  Currently, Interim Vice Provost for Research, Yi Lu Murphey is coordinating plans with Ann Arbor and Flint colleagues and is developing teams for Dearborn implementation on reopening labs.  A more detailed plan will be shared in the coming weeks presuming the governor allows activity to resume soon. 

Provost Direction on Academic Issues:  Faculty received a communication this week regarding remote teaching and Fall 2020 semester planning directions.  Other topics included: summer asynchronous teaching, academic integrity issues and campus expectations for Canvas use. This communication can be reviewed here

Summer 2020 Engaged Learning Guidelines:  In order to ensure the health and safety of our students while supporting their learning experiences, the provost office has developed guidelines regarding engaged learning for Summer 2020.  Guidelines cover all off-campus engaged learning activities (including internships and co-ops) and advise students on activities that are permissible. 

This continues to be a challenging time for everyone.  The university maintains its focus on ensuring the safety and well-being of our campus community.  Precautions we take now will help minimize exposure to COVID-19, keep us healthy and allow our physical campus to reopen sooner.

With all best wishes for your continued good health, 

Domenico Grasso 
Chancellor

Sue Alcock 
Provost 

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